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November 2018

The rush to publish

I wonder if I am alone in worrying about a side effect of our two most recent public discussions of sexual abuse. I mean of course the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the latest abuse scandal in the church. My concern is that the media, sensing an appetite for stories of this kind and a willingness to credit them, will be too quick to publish charges against innocent people.

Blessing of the bells

Archbishop George J. Lucas blesses four bells Oct. 22 before they are installed at the St. John Paul II Newman Center near the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Named for the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Peter, St. Paul and St. John the Evangelist, the bells were installed in the oratory’s bell tower the next day, and were rung for the first time Nov. 1, the 72nd anniversary of St.


Juniors Briar Braddock, left, Emma White, Lauren Kemp, Morgan Anderson and Amy Mattern participate in V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School’s annual Rendezvous, a recreation of the 1800s migration west across the United States. Students at the Omaha school create characters who explain their journey, sharing the trials and tribulations of settling west of the Mississippi River. 

Flat Londyn

First-grader Londyn Reiser at St. Mary School in O’Neill holds Flat Londyn, modeled after the book “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown, and a letter from President Donald Trump thanking her for Flat Londyn’s visit through the mail to the White House.

LIFE Runners grows in archdiocese

An organization that shares the message “Remember the Unborn – Jer. 1-5” on T-shirts as they participate in marathons and other running events is growing more quickly in the Omaha archdiocese than anywhere else in the country, said its founder, Pat Castle, a member of St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion.

More than 5,000 visit Stations of Cross at Cloisters on the Platte

Just three months after its opening day in late July, outdoor Stations of the Cross at Cloisters on the Platte retreat center near Gretna has attracted more than 5,000 people.

“The fact that 5,000 visitors have stopped and enjoyed this spiritual oasis in such a short amount of time speaks volumes to its appeal,” said Keith Backson, executive director of Visit Omaha. 

Mercy High School honors lab donors

Two renovated science labs were dedicated and donors to the project were recognized Oct. 23 at Mercy High School in Omaha.

More than 150 donors gave a total of $800,000 to the project, including the Mammel Family Foundation, Dr. C.C. and Mabel Criss Foundation and Lozier Foundation. The school also received a $40,000 federal grant to purchase science equipment.


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